Feb. 6, 2011
LAS VEGAS - Though he did not compete in the finals of the Winter Cup Challenge, junior standout Glen Ishino earned placement on the U.S. Senior National Team while sophomore Donothan Bailey and Steven Lacombe finished competing in their first-ever Winter Cup Challenge finals on Saturday night at the Las Vegas Sports Center.
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Glen Ishino sat out the final round of the meet after sustaining a mild injury in warm-ups. Coaches expect he will make a full and quick recovery. Despite not competing Saturday, the Men's Program Committee and men's national team coordinator deemed his past performances worthy of placement on the team.
Of the 42 competitors in Saturday's final, Bailey finished in 14th place, a very strong showing for the sophomore who made his first trip to the Winter Cup Challenge. The highlight of the night for the Cal contingent was Donothan Bailey's pommel horse routine, which garnered him a 14.650 to place him sixth on the event after two days of competition.
Donothan Bailey finished 14th overall with a two-day total of 163.300 after scoring an 81.600 on Saturday evening, which was .100 short of his Thursday total. He smashed his Thursday score on floor (12.750) with a 14.400 on Saturday. His two-day total of 27.150 on floor was good for 28th place.
He bested his Thursday performance pommel horse as well, grabbing a 14.650 tonight as compared to his 12.600 on Thursday. His two other bests came on rings - 13.750 - and vault - 13.850. Achieving a second top-10 event finish, Bailey tied for sixth on rings with a 27.900. In the finals, he scored 13.250 on parallel bars and 11.700 on high bar.
As he did in the qualifiers, Steven Lacombe competed in three events - floor, rings and parallel bars. On floor, his performance garnered a 13.250. Rings saw him earn a 13.450. After two days on rings, one of Lacombe's specialty events, the sophomore tied for eighth thanks to his 27.650. His best showing was on p-bars, on which he scored 14.850. Overall on floor, Lacombe tied for 29th with his collective 26.800.
Though he made the trip to Las Vegas, senior Bryan del Castillo did not compete in either session after a mild injury.
Cal returns to team competition next Saturday at the Gold Country Classic. The meet, which pits Stanford and Cal against each other, will take place in downtown Oakland at the Oakland Convention Center.